Sticky PDF

Doing StickyStudy study apps for more than a decade: check. Now, it's time for something a little different.

A PDF reader. Really? Isn't that like, you know, built into everything? Yes, but oh so much is missing: magnifying glass, super zoom, crop, bookcase mode, multiple layouts, laser dot, randomise pages to make flashcards, Apple pen…

And so a new project has begun, and I can say goodbye to my free evenings. All support appreciated! Link.

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iOS 13 どうぞよろしく

A bumpy start but we're good to go with iOS 13.

10 Years

A little update to welcome us into 2019 with fixes, tweaks, haptic feedback, and a new deck list chooser. Version 4.3 available soon. 今年もよろしくお願いします。Oh, and big self-hug for updating StickyStudy for 10 years.

IOS 12 Ready And Waiting

StickyStudy was first designed and created using iOS 2 on an iPhone 3G. 9 years and 10 versions later, I'm still updating like there's no tomorrow. iOS 12 ready, folks.


iOS11. Bring it on.

iOS 11 ready, iPhone X ready, and a new interface design because, well, why not.

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Dropbox -> iCloud

Dropbox has served StickyStudy well over the years (tips hat), but now it’s iCloud’s turn. Currently in testing, it will be introduced to all apps in the next update due June, 2017.


Bye Bye Quizlet

Quizlet will be discontinuing their support for flashcard apps. Searching for Quizlet decks using StickyStudy Flash will work until the end of May, 2017 :(


Japanese Update v3.8

This is what I’ve been doing with 2 months of code fiddling. Update coming within the week.


- Import data using the CSV format (4 or less fields per line).
- Import your vocabulary lists from many other Japanese apps. Just copy and paste the text into the import box.
- Smart import. If some fields are missing, StickyStudy will use the dictionary to fill the gaps ('auto populate'). You can even import just a list of words or kanji without any readings or English and leave the rest to the app.

(The import formats have slightly changed, see below).

Sticky Management

-Save to different decks. If the 'Save to saved' option is disabled in settings, pressing 'save' will give you a deck list to choose a destination.
-Move stickies between decks. As with 'save', a deck list will pop up to give you one-touch sticky transfer.
-A new delete button has been added to the 'edit' view.
-Delete is now available during study.


-Dictionary [uk] entries (words that are usually used with kana even though they have kanji. For example, ありがとう) now show the kana as the question and the kanji as a footnote in the answer.
-30,000 example sentences double checked/corrected. Only 120,000 to go..


-SRS upgrade. Red cards that have been studied before but remained red now have a higher priority during the next study session.
-'Wrong' is now displayed as a percentage rather than a number.
-List view searching is about 30% faster.
-You can now search for grammatical terms in browse ([n], [v], etc). Just start your search with '['.
-When saving examples, [eg] is now saved in the first pronunciation field instead of the second. More logical.
-'Remove duplicates' bug fixed.
- Many, many tweaks.

There is a small group of like minded kanji geeks out there who have been simply AWESOME in helping me spot bugs and provide ideas for development. You know who are. ありがとう。


Notes on import. There are now 3 types:

1. Standard CSV. Four fields per line, one sticky per line.
2. Tab separated fields. Four fields per line, one sticky per line.
3. One field per line. One field per line, one blank line between between every four fields.

What is smart import? All 3 import formats require 4 fields. If there are only 2 or 3 fields, the app will try and guess the missing fields. Caveat: the first and last field must be a question and answer.
If only 1 field is present (the Japanese), all 3 fields will be added.

Japanese + News

A live, Japanese news feed translated within the app? Ah, go on then.

With the powerful translation feature already built into the app the next logical step was to give it something to get its teeth into. Namely, a live news feed filled with current events ready to be read, saved and studied. As someone once said, ‘It just works’.

Coming in the next update.


New Year, New Project

Reading. I just need to improve my reading. If this is you, StickyStudy may have something for you.

I’ve been burning the proverbial oil not only making a new translation feature heavily tested by my overburdened wife (sorry about that.. and sorry for that audio thing, too) but also working with sources you can actually learn from. More to come.

Health warning: intermediates and above!

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iOS9 friendly updates coming to a StickyStudy app near you.

Kana Update

As with the kanji app, writing practice, smooth animated stroke diagrams and TLC have been added to the next kana update. Coming June.

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